When the ruling vampire coven the Volturi learn of Renesmee's existence, however, they rush to confront the Cullens, thinking that they've broken the law against turning children into vampires. Edward and his family quickly gather support from vampire allies around the world (each with his or her own superpower; what is this, an X-Men movie?), hoping to convince the Volturi that the girl was born a vampire, not made into one. But if they can't change the ruthless coven's mind, the Cullens and their posse are prepared for all-out war to protect the ones they love.
The End Result
To its credit, though, the franchise tends to end each movie with a bang, and Breaking Dawn Part 2 delivers the biggest bang of them all with the final rumble between the Cullens & Co. and the Volturi. As a horror fan, I can say that the coolest thing about these "sparkly" vampires is that they must be decapitated to be killed, so the sight of vamps (and werewolves) ripping (and biting) off heads right and left is by far the most entertaining thing the Twilight Saga has ever offered up. There's a cute twist ending, too, but it does little to dismiss the notion of these films as being "toothless" vampire tales. Unfortunately, the best parts of Breaking Dawn Part 2 come at the tail end of a tiresome 115-minute run time that may very well render you unconscious by the time the throwdown begins.
- Acting: D+ (Only Michael Sheen's foppishly over-the-top performance redeems the seemingly bored cast.)
- Direction: C (Handles the action scenes OK, but the emotion is tepid and the CGI is overdone.)
- Script: D+ (Bloated with hammy dialogue and silly, overblown plot.)
- Gore/Effects: C- (Minimal gore, despite the decapitations; too many green screens and CGI babies.)
- Overall: C- (Do yourself a favor: wait for it to hit home video, rent it and fast-forward to the big fight scene at the end.)
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is directed by Bill Condon and is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity. Release date: November 16, 2012.